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Demolition works at Southern Tuas Basin
Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Singapore

The working period for demolition works at Southern Tuas Basin has been extended.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.001 of 2020, until 19 July 2020, the works are being conducted 0730-1930 hours Monday to Saturday and 0800-1800 hours on Sundays and Public Holidays at Southern Tuas Basin, within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 18·368’N / 103 deg. 39·051’E
2) 01 deg. 18·341’N / 103 deg. 39·079’E
3) 01 deg. 18·160’N / 103 deg. 38·910’E
4) 01 deg. 18·190’N / 103 deg. 38·879’E

The work includes demolition of auxiliary facilities, cutting of beams and piles and dolphins. A safety boat will be deployed to warn other craft in the vicinity of the working area.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);
e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

Construction of outfalls at the former Kai Tak Runway
Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Hong Kong

For approximately 3 months, marine works involving construction of three outfalls are being carried out in the following works areas at the former Kai Tak Runway.

This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 18.878’N / 114 deg. 12.171’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.841’N / 114 deg. 12.134’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.879’N / 114 deg. 12.092’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.916’N / 114 deg. 12.129’E

This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H) and the adjacent shoreline:
(E) 22 deg. 18.683’N / 114 deg. 12.389’E
(F) 22 deg. 18.646’N / 114 deg. 12.352’E
(G) 22 deg. 18.725’N / 114 deg. 12.265’E
(H) 22 deg. 18.762’N / 114 deg. 12.303’E

The works are being carried out by one dumb lighter. Two tugboats provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 20 metres around the lighter is established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights is laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighter.

The hours of work is from 0700 to 1900 hours. Vessels employed for the works do not stay in the works areas outside the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the operations display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.11/2020

Geothermal energy research enters next phase
Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Shell Geothermal BV and the Port of Rotterdam Authority are together investigating the possibilities for geothermal energy in the Port of Rotterdam’s western section. The two companies have received an exploration permit from the Ministry of Economic Affairs for this.

The subsurface has been mapped out thoroughly in recent years as part of the Ultra-Deep Geothermal Energy (UDG) green deal. Obtaining the exploration permit means that Shell and the Port Authority will have time in the coming years to further detail their plans, with the aim of developing geothermal energy projects in the port’s western section. The focus in the course of the coming two years will be on making agreements with potential geothermal energy purchasers, detailing the costs, determining a potential location for test drilling and an investigation into how the infrastructure could look. It is also essential that geothermal energy can compete with energy from other sources. Test and other drillings are not required at this point.

Industry in Rotterdam consumes a lot of energy. If geothermal heat can be brought to the surface as hot water, it can serve as a good renewable source of energy, particularly for the production of steam for industry. Moreover, once slightly cooled following use by industry, the water can be used to heat homes and greenhouses via a regional heat network.

Shell and the Port Authority will involve EBN (Energy Beheer Nederland) in the detailing of the plans.

(For information about operations in the Netherlands, contact GAC Netherlands at agency.netherlands@gac.com)

Source: Port of Rotterdam (www.portofrotterdam.com) press release dated 20 January 2020

Disease outbreak warning
Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Aden, Yemen

There is currently a serious outbreak of dengue fever and chikungunya viruses in Aden and other areas of Yemen, with a rise in the number of deaths resulting from the pandemic.

Ship’s crew are advised not to expose themselves to mosquito bites in order to avoid infection. High standard medical services are not available locally.

For information about operations in Yemen contact GAC Yemen at yemen@gac.com

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